Francis Jourdain, Domaine des Moreaux, Les Cherts, AOC Valencay, Indre, Centre, France, 2008
Valencay lies just to the south of the Cheverny appellation, but on the left bank of the Cher, spreading southwards towards the Indre. The reds can be gamay dominated, along with malbec, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon; the whites are sauvignon based with chardonnay; there is some rose.
This wine: a sauvignon blanc dominated blend, along with 20% sauvignon rose and 10% chardonnay, Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 12.5% abv, Gauntleys, £13.50 (10/2016)
Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of over-ripe stewed orchard fruits developing into pineapple, honey and anise; medium bodied, with a less intense palate of pineapple, stewed apple and melon. A medium-long length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of over-ripe stewed pear and cooking apple, a little buttery and honeyed, ripe yellow peach, pineapple chunks delicately edged with gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), along with touches of bees-wax, anise and sweat.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, with a low-key grip from skin maceration or time in old wood, medium intensity, with flavours of pineapple, stewed apple, a little honeyed, touch of ripe galia melon, dried citrus. A medium (+) length with a clean apple-unripe pineapple finish.
Quality: good, nicely balanced acidity with alcohol, harmonious with flavour concentration, showing some complexity and decent flavour concentration, some tertiary development with honeyed and stewed notes. A medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – showing considerable development, but lacking concentration and indicative length, should keep for a year or two at the outside.